Thursday, April 15, 2004

Action: Vote Dean on April 17 in NC Caucus

Here's a message from Blaise Strenn, NC Coordinator for Dean for America and a person I'm delighted to call a friend. Please read Blaise's message, spread the word, and vote Dean on Saturday. For caucus voting sites in Wake County, see the Wake Dems site at http://www.wakedems.org. For those in the rest of the state, see the Democracy4NC.org site.

Your Vote...Your Choice...Your Voice
There are rare moments in our skewed political process when you can vote your conscience and proudly mark your ballot for a candidate in whom you believe, as opposed to choosing between the lesser of two evils. It's even more exceptional when a principled vote is more than just a hollow protest vote - when it actually can have some impact.

You can make that principled and pragmatic vote this Saturday April 17, by voting for Howard Dean.

For most races, the NC primary has been postponed until June, but North Carolina Democrats will vote -- for the Presidential nominee only – on 4/17 between 8am and noon.

Kerry has the nomination. But Howard Dean and others are still on the ballot and you can vote for your vision of the Democratic Party. By voting for Dean, you help keep his ideas alive by sending progressive delegates to the national convention – delegates who will fight for a fiscally conservative progressive platform: equal rights for all, health care for all, investment in kids, environmental and labor protections, balanced budgets etc.

Dean is the alternative to "politics-as-usual." He's the only progressive candidate with leverage in the party on the national level. Dean delegates are the only progressive block large enough to influence the platform (Kucinich has only 1-2% of Kerry's numbers). Dean delegates from NC will add even more muscle. Because turnout will be low, we have a very good shot at winning delegates.

"... We want all our delegates to go to the convention as Dean Delegates. Even though I plan to endorse Sen. Kerry, because we can't fool around with this, and we need him to win, but we also need to stick together and look after each other and gradually grow and bring the set of ideas and principles that we put together in this campaign, bring that to the national Democratic Party, because they need to change too." -- Howard Dean, Seattle (3/18/04) launching Democracy For America.

Vote for Kerry in November. But right now, remember what motivated you to give your heart, soul and/or money to the Dean campaign, and bring it home with a solid vote for Dean this Saturday April 17th.

(read the rest of Blaise's letter at Deaniacs.org).

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